Walk the Bridge 2022

One of my favorite low-key events in Owensboro is Walk the Bridge Day! Yesterday, the bridge was closed for half the day for pedestrians to run, walk and bike across. It’s always fun getting to cross the water and check out the boats. Plus, we had the best weather yesterday for our walk!

EJ and I walked with one of my mom friends and her little girl. We had plenty of snacks, water and toys to keep everyone occupied during the 55 minutes we were out there. The girls also pointed out every.single.dog. we saw so that was fun getting to pet some cute fur babies and make so many new friends.

Alllllmost one mile later we were on the Indiana side of the bridge! We turned around and headed back up hill to finish our route. It’s such a way to explore more of where we live and get in some extra movement for the day!

Finally a weekend that felt like Spring

The weather this weekend was amazing here in western Kentucky. 70s and 80s made it feel like it was late Spring. We went from winter temps to almost summer real fast. But now, we’re make to 50s and rain.

Our weekend was filled with family and outdoor activities. We all slept in a little on Saturday and then started the day with some yard work and drawing on the driveway with chalk (our toddler’s latest obsession).

Saturday afternoon, I met up with a friend from middle school (!!!) who recently moved back to the area and we walked around the park with our little girls. So fun catching up with a great friend!

The girls got hot fast, so we called it quits after an hour. Emery and I spent the rest of the afternoon alternating between playing blocks in the house and playing with random toys in the garage.

On Sunday, me, Emery and my mom had a girls day at the Spring Market at White Chateau. We had some gorgeous weather (even though it was crazy windy) and we got to check out some super cute vendors and get some great food. I had a watermelon lemonade that was to die and got a cute pair gold + pearl stud earrings.

The highlight of the day had to be the petting zoo. They had a calf, mini pony, llamas, baby chicks and ducks, a turtle and some sheep and lambs. Emery LOVED it all. She made all the animal noises and loved petting the calf and the rabbits. Also, look at how cute this little guy is. We visited the petting zoo twice and I’m so glad this was an addition to the market this year.

It was such a great weekend and I feel so invigorated and ready to start another work week.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

A Day in the Life – Morning Workout Edition

Balancing a full-time job outside the home, a side gig, being a mother and wife – all while trying to workout is a lot. We all (mothers, parents, people in general) are all trying to balance.

I enjoy reading other people’s day in the life posts – so here’s mine.

5:19 a.m. Alarm goes off!

Every Tuesday and Thursday I work out a small group and a personal trainer. It’s 45 minutes strength training and leaves me feeling exhausted and recharged all at the same time. I love it. I can definitely see improvements in my strength since I’ve been going to these sessions. Plus, I can leave everyone at home sleeping.

6:35 a.m. Get back home and get ready for work

Owensboro is the perfect sized city and it takes me about 10 minutes to get home from the gym. Once I get home, I do my Write the Word and then start getting ready for work. Since I don’t wear makeup and keep my hair pretty simple, I can usually get ready in about 15 minutes or less. Emery has been sleeping until 7-7:15 a.m. so I can get myself ready before I get her up. Once she’s up, she get changes and dressed and then it’s a kiss to Ryan and Murphy and out the door!

7:30 a.m. Drop off Emery, head to work

We’ve been blessed with my dad being retired and willing to watch Emery while Ryan and I work. Whenever I drop her off with him, he usually is making breakfast for the two of them. I chat for a few minutes and then head to work.

7:45ish a.m. Get to work

Sometimes I eat breakfast at home, sometimes I stop at Chick-fil-A for a chicken biscuit. I’m usually the first one from my team to get to the office, so I start checking emails and figuring out my game plan for the day. I work a traditional 8-5 in the office and my role involves event planning, gift-giving, digital marketing and content creation. Every day is different and I truly love my job and the people I get to work with.

1 p.m. Lunchtime!

I am lucky that I am able to go home on my lunch break. I usually grab something to eat, walk Murphy and tidy up the house (because something always needs to be cleaned, right?!)

2-5 p.m. Work work work

`At 5 p.m. I head to my parent’s house to pick up Emery and head home!

5:30-7ish p.m. play time, bath

When the weather is nice, we all (me, Ryan, Emery and Murphy) go for walks around the neighborhood or to a park near our house. Then we play with ALL THE TOYS and our house looks like a disaster. Then it’s bath time, story time and bed for Emery. Ryan and I usually catch up on some work or stuff around the house and then eat supper around 7:30-8 p.m.

8-10 p.m. tv and chores

We’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy lately (we started it last year and are finally on Season 16) and usually watch an episode or two a night. Then we split dishes and laundry + whatever else needs to be done around the house. I take a shower, lay out my clothes for the next and then usually pass out around 10:30 p.m.

So there you have it! A typical day in the life for the days I wake up early to work out. Things shift a little when I workout after work and then weekend are all over the place depending on what we have going on.

What do your days look like?

Why I took a break from running

It wasn’t intentional.

It just kind of happened.

I took a break from running. (someone has overtaken the treadmill and thinks it’s hilarious)

After my half marathon in November. I needed a break. I was working A LOT. Wanting to spend as much time as possible with my baby (toddler?! – what do you call a 1-year-old?) and husband and running just wasn’t a priority. Plus, after training for the half, I was a little burnt out. Winter was here and I needed a break.

So I took it.

In December, I started to visualize 2022 as my year of health. I started a weight loss program through my OBGYN’s office, went to the dentist and the eye doctor and started getting my $h!t together. Once I talked about PCOS and my goals with some healthcare professionals, I started changing how I ate and viewed food — I also started losing weight.

Then in January, a fitness club that I had been to a couple of times was running a great deal on 8 weeks of classes (because #resolutions, duh). So I purchased my 8 weeks and started going 3-4-5 times a week.

I fell in love with it. Lots of strength classes, personal training (but in a small group setting), spin, TRX and yoga. Loud music and some curse words — sounds like my kind of workout. I loved being accountable with a group and the 5:30 a.m. classes meant I could get my workout in for the day before anyone else in my house woke up.

Since I’ve been taking these fitness classes, I’ve been finding new strength and new fun ways to workout I still run every now and then, but for now I’m enjoying something new and a nice change of pace.

Once Spring returns, I know I’ll be itching to hit the roads again and have my Saturday long runs back. Until then, I’m going to do what is FUN for me.

I can’t wait to get back to running

Hi friends! Coming at you through the fog of new parenthood. We’re 3.5 weeks into life with our sweet Emery Jane and while she is super cute – I think she has her days and nights mixed up – so I am exhausted from basically never sleeping.

While we are slowly getting into a routine and learning what works best for baby and for our little family, one thing I am excited about adding to the mix is being able to run/workout again!

While I’m trying to wait until I’m cleared at my six week postpartum appointment to do anything too crazy, I’ve been slowly adding in some uphill walks on the treadmill and light upper body strength training into my days whenever I have time (ha! which is usually never but I’m working on it)

So much of my identity before becoming a mom was tied to being a runner and I don’t want to lose that now that I’ve added motherhood to the mix. I’m excited to see how I can balance everything in the future and I can’t wait until EJ gets old enough where she can join me on stroller runs!

Did you wait until your six week appointment to start running or did you get back to it earlier?

Adventuring in the cold and what to wear on those cold runs

Anyone else already over this cold weather?! I know it is so easy to stay inside during the winter months, but getting out in the sunshine (even in the winter) is SO important!

Not only am I trying to avoid the treadmill, but I am trying to take Murphy out in the cold so we can both burn some energy. The fresh air is good for both of us!

What to wear when running in the cold:

  • 30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long-sleeve base layer and a vest keep your core warm. Tights or shorts, depending on your preference.
  • 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms? A windbreaker over a base layer, and two pairs of tights or wind pants over the tights.
  • 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops and a jacket.
  • Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, gloves, something to cover your face.
  • Minus 20 degrees: Hop on the treadmill.

Hiking at John James Audubon State Park

Happy Friday!

Yesterday I took a random vacation day off from work to go hiking with my dad! He is preparing for a backpacking trip to Yosemite later this month and want to get more miles under his belt and asked me to tag along!

We hiked 11 miles in six-and-a-half hours at John James Audobon State Park (which is about 40 minutes from our house).

A lot of the trails looped around by each other, so we hopped on and off several trails to make an almost 4-mile loop. Dad had his 45-pound backpack on and hiked with it the entire time (so impressive!)

At 63-years-old he is still adding adventures to his bucket list and I am so proud of him for getting out and exploring more of the world.

It was such a gorgeous (but hot and humid) day! But I loved being out of the office and out in nature. The terrain was pretty rough in some places, but the views were great. I love having some great parks here in Kentucky that I can easily explore. Even though my legs are pretty sore today, I can’t wait to go back soon!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Where has been your favorite place to hike?

Sometimes you have to toot your own horn

At work the other day we had a meeting to talk about mid-year review. We discussed what’s worked, what hasn’t and what changes we want to make.

But before the meeting even started, my boss went around the room and said something positive he has noticed in each employee since the start of 2019. It was such a boost of confidence and really set the tone for the meeting.

I’m lucky to work for a place that encourages growth and goals.

He also said how great of a job, as a team, we had done over the last few years. He said sometimes we need to toot our own horn. 

It was like a lightbulb had gone off.

We should be damn proud of the work we do. Not only am I proud of what I do professionally, but I am proud of the work I am doing with running, in my marriage and with all my jobs.

So friends, don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Be proud of the work you do. Don’t wait for someone else to recognize your work — RECOGNIZE WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR SELF.

Thanks for coming to my TedTalk. Ha!

Other random tidbits from life lately.

I saw this on Instagram the other day and loved it –

Getting in shape is hard

I saw this on Twitter from Steve Magness (@stevemagness) at it really hit home.

I thought I would share and maybe it will help you too.

“Getting in shape is hard. And expectations can kill the motivation to do so.

It’s easy to compare yourself to some prior fitter you, but all that does is set you up for disappointment & frustration. Be kind to yourself. Try to get a little bit better from where you are right now.”

Making an effort to get Murphy outside more

Like most dogs, Murphy has a ton of energy! While he gets 3-4 daily walks, I began to feel like that wasn’t enough and since it warmed I have been making more of an effort to get us both outside and being as active as possible.

He is good for about 2-3 miles of running and sometimes more! He loves being outside and exploring all of our local trails. Sometimes when no one is around, my brother and I will each pick an end of the trail and have Murphy sprint back and forth. He loves it so much (he’s so speedy!) and it’s great way for him to get some energy out.

While it’s not always the most convenient (he stops to pee on everything), I’ve been making more of an effort to take Murphy outside with me as much as possible. I hate leaving him behind and he is always SO HYPED to go outside. Plus I know the fresh air is good for both of us!